Angela Eagle

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This Government's Lobbying Bill Remains an Unworkable, Sinister Mess

(5) Comments | Posted 21 January 2014 | (13:20)

The snappily titled 'Transparency of lobbying, non party campaigning and trade union administration' Bill completes its final stages in the Lords today, and is due to return at breakneck speed to the Commons on Wednesday.

The Lords have delivered some important changes, but it essentially returns as it began: an...

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The Government's Gagging Bill Says It All About Who David Cameron Really Stands Up For

(74) Comments | Posted 9 October 2013 | (12:17)

The House of Commons will today decide whether to give the government's sinister Gagging Bill a Third Reading and send it on to the House of Lords. Because the government want to secure their gag on charities and campaigners before the next election, Parliament will be making that decision with...

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Let's Stop the Government's Gagging Bill

(30) Comments | Posted 3 September 2013 | (11:05)

This afternoon I will be in the chamber leading Labour's opposition to the David Cameron's Lobbying Bill, one of the worst bits of legislation I've seen in some time.

From a prime minister who solemnly promised he'd fix our broken politics, this is a bill that does...

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Building a Better Politics

(49) Comments | Posted 16 July 2013 | (00:00)

Considering the news recently, it really is no wonder that people are switching off from politics.

We've had a barrage of stories that make politics seem like it is for vested interests, not for ordinary people, with Tory dodgy donors and lobbyists at the heart of...

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Labour's Alternative Queen's Speech

(116) Comments | Posted 7 May 2013 | (00:00)

On Wednesday the Queen will open the next session of parliament and announce the government's legislative plans for the next year. While the government scrabble around for a coherent agenda, Labour has set out what would be in our Queen's Speech: six bills with a relentless focus on the economy.

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New Session Same Incompetence

(2) Comments | Posted 19 May 2012 | (00:00)

Two years into government, after 13 years in opposition (or in the case of the Liberal Democrats almost a century) you would have expected a Queen's Speech packed with ideas. Ministers would have spent months battling it out to have their legislation included in the government's packed programme.

It has...

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Power Without Purpose

(9) Comments | Posted 20 February 2012 | (23:00)

The great mountain climber George Mallory, when asked why he had wanted to climb Mount Everest, replied simply, "because it is there."

David Cameron, as you would expect from an ex-PR man, has a smooth answer on why he wants to be prime minister, but I have the sense that...

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Happy Birthday PMQs

(2) Comments | Posted 24 October 2011 | (00:00)

It was 24 October 1961 that old Etonian Tory Prime Minister Harold Macmillan faced Labour's leader Hugh Gaitskill across the dispatch box in the first session of Prime Minister's Questions.

He answered questions about his Government's ongoing negotiations to join the European 'Common Market.' Wind forward fifty years and...

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It's Time for George Osborne to Forget the Dogma

(15) Comments | Posted 26 July 2011 | (15:46)

For a Prime Minster who promised to 'get the economy moving again' today's GDP figures must be deeply worrying. They reveal growth of just 0.2% in the second quarter of 2011.

Today we've heard the additional bank holiday due to the royal wedding, the wedding itself and the warm weather...

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